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Pirates INF Jung Ho Kang sits for second straight game
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:38 pm ET) Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Giants. Kang is starting on the bench for the second game in a row and for the third time in the last five games.

Kang is currently hitless in his last 14 at-bats since hitting a first-inning home run on Thursday, and manager Clint Hurdle is trying to monitor Kang's workload early on this season.

"He's pulling a big wagon behind him," Hurdle said on Tuesday, per MLB.com. "Every once in a while, we need to give him a break, sit him down, so he doesn't have to pull that wagon."

Jordy Mercer, who homered on Tuesday, will get another start at shortstop on Wednesday. 


Struggling Pirates LF Starling Marte sits on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:32 pm ET) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's clash with the Giants. Marte has only had one day off this season, and has been struggling at the plate recently.

Hitless in his last four games, Marte is currently in an 0-for-20 skid, which prompted manager Clint Hurdle to say "Sometimes he just gets in a hurry to hit," according to the Pittsburgh Tribune. So Hurdle decided to give Marte a day to clear his head.

Jose Tabata will draw the start in left and bat sixth on Wednesday. 


Braves' Cameron Maybin returns to lineup Thursday in Arizona
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:14 pm ET) Braves center fielder Cameron Maybin returned to the starting lineup and is batting second Wednesday against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, per the team's radio broadcast team.

Maybin missed two consecutive games with soreness in his groin and quadriceps. He is hitting .305 (18 for 59) with a home run, 10 RBI, seven walks and nine strikeouts over his last 16 games played.

Atlanta is an underdog (+115) at Chase Field, per VegasInsider.com.


Yankees RF Carlos Beltran not starting on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:11 pm ET) Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is absent from Wednesday's lineup against the Mariners. Beltran foulded a ball off of his foot on Tuesday and underwent X-rays that came back negative.

Still, Beltran will get the matinee off while Garrett Jones handles right field duties on Wednesday. The team has not indicated whether Beltran would be available off the bench.


Diamondbacks' David Peralta starting on Wednesday; Trumbo out
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:03 pm ET) Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's tilt against the Braves. Peralta was a late scratch on Tuesday due to a nagging finger injury he sustained on Sunday. But he's back in there on Wednesday, playing left field and hitting fifth in the order.

With Peralta's return, Mark Trumbo is taking a seat on Wednesday. Trumbo entered the lineup on Tuesday when Peralta was scratched. Trumbo has been getting some irregular playing time lately, as he has just nine hits in 40 at-bats over his last 10 games.


Mariners shuffle top of the order with Logan Morrison at leadoff
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:49 pm ET) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon moved Logan Morrison to the top of the order, bumping Austin Jackson to the No. 2 hole and Robinson Cano back to the No. 3 spot for Wednesday afternoon's contest against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees.

Morrison is riding a 10-game hitting streak, and is hitting .342 (13 for 38) with a double and four walks during the streak. It's the second time Morrison is batting leadoff this season.


Yankees legend Mo Rivera has a hand in Dellin Betances' torrid start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:24 pm ET) With another scoreless outing Tuesday against the Mariners, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has opened the season with 26 straight scoreless appearances, which is a team record.

Betances has been locked in as of late, as he has struck out 14 of the last 20 batters he faced. He now has 49 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

Betances had some struggles in spring training and at the beginning of the season, when he walked six batters in his first three appearances. However, with a little help from Yankees legend Mariano Rivera, Betances has ironed out his issues.

"Towards the beginning of the season when I was struggling early on, Mo told me a couple of pointers that really helped," Betances told the New York Post. "He told me he felt like my front shoulder was flying open and he offered some tips. I dropped the shoulder a little bit to stay within a straight line and have a good direction towards home, and I think that has helped me be more successful and more consistent."


Thumb procedure to sideline Brewers' Ryan Braun till Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:13 pm ET) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will be sidelined after receiving a cryotherapy shot in his right thumb Wednesday, according to manager Craig Counsell.

Counsell added that the procedure is pre-planned and they hope to get ahead of the issue, repots MLB.com. The team is hopeful he'll be able to return for Sunday's game at Minnesota.

"It could be Friday, it could be Saturday, but I'm thinking for sure Sunday he'll be ready to go," Counsell said.

Braun is 2 for 15 in his last three games.


Rangers' Jeff Banister open to moving Joey Gallo to outfield
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:56 am ET) After his impressive debut, Rangers manager Jeff Banister told MLB Network Radio that he'd be open to moving Joey Gallo around, possibly to the outfield.

"That would be a great decision to have to make, and I hope he forces us to make that decision," Banister said.

Gallo was thrown into the fire for his first big-league game against White Sox hurler Jeff Samardzija, and responded with a monster night, which included a two-run single in his first at-bat in the opening frame, a two-run home run in the third inning and a double in the fifth that came a few feet shy of another home run.

"This guy is a good athlete. He can move around. He's played in the outfield, so it isn't out of realm of possibility," Banister said.


Twins' Mauer fine after hard slide, resting in doubleheader opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:52 am ET) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was held out of the starting lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox. Mauer said he is fine after a hard slide into second base Tuesday and sitting the first game of the doubleheader was always the plan, per the Pioneer Press.

Mauer has hit safely in five straight games. He also has 17 RBI in his last 22 games. Unfortunately, he has just one home run through 49 games.


 
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